Many things, including entry requirements and access to commonwealth support, differ for international and local (or domestic) students.
You are considered an international student if you are:
- a citizen of any country except Australia or New Zealand;
- a temporary resident of Australia;
- a permanent resident of New Zealand.
You are considered a local / domestic student if you are:
- a citizen of Australia;
- a citizen of New Zealand;
- a dual citizen of Australia and any other country;
- a Permanent Resident of Australia; or
- on a Permanent Humanitarian Visa.
These criteria apply even if you completed your schooling outside Australia.
If you have Australian or New Zealand citizenship and citizenship of another country, you are considered to be a local student – even if you completed your schooling outside Australia.
What does ‘Commonwealth’ supported mean?
'Commonwealth supported' means the cost of your study is shared between the Australian Government and you. Commonwealth-supported places are only available to students who are:
- Australian citizens;
- New Zealand citizens studying in Australia; or
- permanent residents;
and are enrolled in one of the following course types:
- an undergraduate course;
- a graduate entry bachelor degree; or
- a postgraduate course for which the University has allocated you a commonwealth-supported place.
Australian citizens and Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders are only eligible to be commonwealth-supported for courses where at least one topic of the course is held in Australia.
New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of Australia are only eligible to be commonwealth-supported for individual topics that are held entirely in Australia, unless you are required to study outside of Australia to complete that topic.
For more information, future local/domestic students should visit the University of Tasmania study section.